Walter John “Morgan” - “Whitey” Barchesky, 93, of McPherson, passed away at 5:50 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, while in the company of family members, at McPherson Care Center, McPherson.
Walter was born on May 16, 1919, in Hazleton, Pa., the son of Frances Helen (Stankiewicz) and Joseph Charles Barchesky, Sr.
As a young boy, Walter went by the name of Morgan, and he attended the Hazleton grade schools and graduated from Hazleton High School, Hazleton, Pa., in 1938. He then entered into the United States Army Air Force on Feb 12, 1942, at Fort George Meade, Md. It was at this time that he acquired the nickname of Whitey. He served as a Staff Sergeant in World War II. Walter was a AAF Supply Technician 826 and received the American Theater and Victory Service Ribbons and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 27, 1945, at Fort George Wright, Washington. He then moved to McPherson, where he attended McPherson College. Whitey also was called to service in August 1950 during the Korean War with the 439th Engineer Construction Battalion from McPherson under the command of Lt. Col. M. Claire Miller and was honorably discharged on Jan. 14, 1953 and continued in the reserve unit.
Walter was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, McPherson, where Walter and his wife Betty, were one of the founding families that started St. Joseph's Catholic School in the 1950's in McPherson.
Through the years, Walter worked for a shoe factory in Hazleton and for Remington Arms in Connecticut, the Railway Express and Santa Fe Railroad in McPherson. He was transferred to El Dorado for a short period of time before moving back to McPherson and going to work for Harry Lane Supply Company as the purchasing and buying agent. He retired after 46 years of service.
Walter was a member of the American Legion Post 24 for more than 65 years, life member of the V.F.W. Post 2715; was a former 50 year member of B.P.O.E. Elk's Lodge #502, and a former member of the Knights of Columbus, all of McPherson.
Walter met the girl of his life at Smokey Hill Army Air Force Base in Salina. Walter J. Barchesky was united in marriage to Betty Jane Nordstrom on Oct. 24, 1943, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Hays.
Walter is survived by his loving and devoted wife of almost 69 years, Betty J. Barchesky, of McPherson; his daughters, Cynthia L. Barchesky, of Kansas City, Mo., and Barbara M. Hyman and her husband Sam, of Omaha, Neb.; his brother, Edward Barcheski, of Bridge Port, Conn.; his sister, Eleanor Luperi, of N.J.; his three grandchildren, Leah J. Fowler, of Omaha, Neb., Timothy J. McDonald, of Omaha, Neb.; and Tiffany M. Dziurawiec and her husband Gregory, of Omaha, Neb.; his two step-grandchildren, Tim Hyman and Sonja Hyman; his eight great-grandchildren, Emily M. Fowler, Caleb F. Fowler, Brianna C. McDonald, Kylie I. McDonald, Makenna L. Dziurawiec, Owen Z. Dziurawiec, Joseph C. Huberty, and Chloe M. Huberty; one step-great-granddaughter Ashley M. Fowler; his sister-in-law, Radean Nordstrom; his nieces and nephews, Edward Dusick Jr., Jackie Cherba, Patricia Isaacs, Nancy Barcheski, Judy Barcheski; Sherri Clark and husband Brad, Barbara Hooper, Kay Zook and husband Loren, Annette Lewis and husband Skip, Donna Johnson, Jan Gerber and husband Scott, Linda Walker and husband Spike, Jeanette Smith, Dana Nordstrom, Deana Rubel and husband Eddie, Dawn Biscaro, and Steve Nordstrom and wife Laura; special friends, Pastors Andrea and Chuck Baker and family, and Kirk and Julie Roberts and family; other relatives and a host of friends.
Page 2 of 2 - Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, McPherson. The Rosary service will be at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, McPherson, on Monday, Oct. 29, with Fr. Hien Nguyen officiating.
The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson. Military honors will be presented by members of the American Legion Post 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 both of McPherson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church or McPherson Care Center or American Legion Post 24 or the V.F.W. Post 2715 all of McPherson, and they can be sent in care of the Glidden-Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Ks 67460.